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The big industry and regulation stories of 2012

2012: Takeovers, health claim make overs and botanical endgames

Business consolidation, battling stalling economies and the belated activation of the dreaded (by most) EU health claims register – these are just a few issues that have defined the 2012...

Your top science stories from 2012

DMAA, resveratrol, gut health, and omega-3’s: A year of science in the nutra sector

From the scientific controversy around DMAA to a major resveratrol research fraud scandal, plus all the latest developments in gut health, omega-3 and vitamin science; 2012 has been an eventful...

Startup launches immune support supplement based on novel pterin pathway

SanRx, a San Diego-based nutraceutical startup, has a new immune support supplement that attacks the problem in a novel way, via the action of a set of molecules called pterins.

Neptune hit with shareholders' rights lawsuit

Neptune Technologies and Bioressources has been hit with a shareholder rights lawsuit over the Nov. 8 explosion and fire that destroyed the company’s production facility and a resulting steep decline...

Outsourcing manufacturing doesn't lift burden of GMP compliance, experts say

A recent teleseminar put on by the American Herbal Products Association on GMP compliance made it clear that there is still a significant portion of the dietary supplement industry that...

News in brief

Homegrown: Sweet Green Fields to expand stevia crop in North Carolina and Georgia

Sweet Green Fields (SGF) plans to significantly expand its stevia crop in Georgia and North Carolina in 2013 in a bid to bolster supplies of American-grown stevia extracts.

Suspension of NPA MarketPlace symptom of changing trade show landscape

New Hope Natural Media’s decision to suspend the NPA MarketPlace show for 2013 is symptomatic of changes in the trade show industry across all markets since the financial collapse of...

Symrise-Probi partnership to deliver probiotic goods in 2014-15

German fragrance and flavours house Symrise has just last night inked a deal with Swedish probiotics firm Probi to develop a stand-alone R&D project with oral probiotic supplements the most...

Are all foods linked to cancer? Yes … but don’t worry, say researchers

There is evidence linking almost every food or ingredient to cancer, but don’t worry because the evidence for pretty much all of it is very weak, say researchers.

BDNF-boosting coffee fruit concentrate could have applications in sports recovery as well as cognitive health

Illinois-based nutraceuticals expert VDF Futureceuticals has embarked on a larger human trial of its whole coffee fruit concentrate NeuroFactor after a pilot study showed it increased plasma levels of Brain-Derived...

Herbalife expands US manufacturing capacity with purchase of North Carolina plant

Network marketing giant Herbalife Ltd. is expanding its US manufacturing capacity with the purchase of a facility in Winston Salem NC. The acquisition furthers Herbalife’s goal to increase the number...

M&A: BASF extends ProNova offer after only 67% sell; DSM confirms Fortitech buy

BASF has extended the bid period for its €650m offer to buy high-dose omega-3 specialist Pronova BioPharma, after only 67.2% of the Norwegian firm’s shareholders  agreed to sell their stakes....

Omega Protein's Atlantic menhaden catch to be cut by 20%

Omega Protein, the largest manufacturer of fish oil omega-3s based in the US, will have to live with a 20% reduction in the amount of menhaden it can harvest in...

‘Significant’ link between daytime sleepiness and low vitamin D

There is a significant correlation between excessive daytime sleepiness, race, and low vitamin D levels, according to new research.

Super Supplements acquisition makes cultural sense, says Vitamin Shoppe CEO

Vitamin Shoppe Inc. has acquired Seattle-based chain Super Supplements in a transaction that makes both strategic and cultural sense, says Vitamin Shoppe CEO Tony Truesdale.

News in brief

Forbes Medi-Tech gets US patent for sterol extraction technology

The United States Patent and Trademark Office has granted a patent to Forbes Medi-Tech Corp. for technology to efficiently extract plant sterols and stanols from tall oil pitch.

Dr Oz, Dateline NBC, and M&As: 2012’s BIGGEST news

As the last grains of sand slip out of the 2012 hourglass, NutraIngredients-USA looks back on an action packed year. From the Dr Oz effect to GMPs, and from Dateline...

5-minute festive flick

Happy holidays from William Reed Business Media!

The working year is almost done, time to pause from ‘the business’ and embrace the festive season…go on, give it a big hug. Happy holidays!

Guest article

General Mills: We’ll only solve global food security challenge if we embrace open innovation

Can we feed nine billion people by 2050? Only if we embrace the principles of open innovation, says Jeff Bellairs, senior director of the General Mills Worldwide Innovation Network (G-WIN) ,...

2012’s biggest business deals: Schiff, DSM, New Chapter, and more

As 2012 comes to a close, NutraIngredients looks back on an action packed year. In this gallery, we take a look at the biggest business deals of the year.

Two cups of milk per day maintains vit D and iron levels - child study

Two cups (500ml) of milk per day is enough to maintain adequate vitamin D and iron levels in children aged between two and five, a Canadian study has claimed.

Vitamin D in the US: ‘Those with greatest need of dietary sources of vitamin D have the lowest intakes’

Alternative foods may offer fortification potential for vitamin D to help boost intakes of the sunshine vitamin among sections of the population that need it most, says a new review...

NPF notifies FTC of 26 advertisers making illegal drug claims

The Truth in Advertising program of the Natural Products Foundation has referred another 26 advertisers on to the Federal Trade Commission for making drug claims on behalf of dietary supplements.

Is the ‘red wine compound’ tag damaging to resveratrol?

Is the association between resveratrol and red wine beneficial for the compound, or could the link to alcohol be the cause of more harm than good in the long term?

Organizers confident Washington state non-GMO initiative will hit signature goal

A Washington state ballot initiative that seeks to require GMO labeling is nearing its goal of 320,000 signatures, a goal organizers are confident that it will reach.

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